“For the Safety and Security of Americans with Disabilities”
In-depth section on Personal Preparedness Planning with resources to help people with disabilities develop a plan that meets their needs no matter whether they are at home, at work or out in the community when a disster or emergency happens
National Organization on Disability Emergency Preparedness for Persons with Disabilities
Following the attacks of September 11, 2001, NOD launched the Emergency Preparedness Initiative to help emergency managers address disability concerns during an emergency, and to ensure that people with disabilities are included in planning, response, and recovery. NOD offers a range of emergency preparedness materials and resources, including:
- Partners in Preparedness Brochure
- Interactive map of Disability and Emergency Preparedness Resources
- Guide for Emergency Planners, Managers and Responders
- Disaster Readiness Tips for People with Disabilities
- Preparing Makes Sense Brochure Series
- Special Needs for Katrina Evacuees Project
Ready Campaign People with Disabilities and Other Access and Functional Needs Section
Ready is a national campaign designed to educate and empower Americans including Americans with disabilities to prepare for and respond to emergencies including natural and man-made disasters. The goal of the campaign is to get the public involved and ultimately to increase the level of basic preparedness across the nation.
Personas con discapacidades y otras necesidades especiales.
American Red Cross- Prepare Today- Planning for Persons with Disabilities
This information is intended to make planning for an evacuation less stressful for persons with disabilities by addressing some of their particular concerns. It is also intended to familiarize caregivers or members of a support group with some of the challenges facing their friends, family, and coworkers with disabilities. This guidance is not limited to people with physical or cognitive conditions specified in the Americans with Disabilities Act. It is meant to be helpful to people with even mild vision, hearing, or mobility impairments, to name just a few examples.
The Interagency Coordinating Council on Emergency Preparedness and Individuals with Disabilities (ICC)
The Interagency Coordinating Council on Emergency Preparedness and Individuals with Disabilities (ICC) was established by Executive Order 13347 to ensure that the federal government appropriately supports safety and security for individuals with disabilities in disaster situations.
The purpose of the Council is to:
- Consider, in their emergency preparedness planning, the unique needs of agency employees with disabilities and individuals with disabilities whom the agency serves
- Encourage, including through the provision of technical assistance, consideration of the unique needs of employees and individuals with disabilities served by state, local, and tribal governments, and private organizations and individuals in emergency preparedness planning; and
- Facilitate cooperation among federal, state, local, and tribal governments and private organizations and individuals in the implementation of emergency preparedness plans as they relate to individuals with disabilities.
Much more information on the Council, including resources, newsletters, reports about emergency preparedness and individuals with disabilities, are available at DisabilityPreparedness.gov.
Fema Reference Guide: Accommodating Individuals With Disabilities In The Provision Of Disaster Mass Care, Housing, And Human Services.
The Reference Guide was originally developed in response to the requirement of H.R. 5441 (PL 109-295), Section 689: Individuals with Disabilities, to develop disability related guidelines for use by those who serve individuals with disabilities in emergency preparedness and disaster relief. This Guide is not intended to satisfy all of the guidance requirements contained in Section 689.
Portlight Strategies INC.
Portlight Strategies INC. was founded in 1997 to facilitate a variety of projects involving people with disabilities, including post-disaster relief projects. From small beginnings are great works accomplished. Small acts of kindness can make a great difference in the world and it is in this spirit that Portlight does the work that we do. We rely on people to do the right thing when that thing needs to be done.
We respond to events as they unfold. When the earthquake struck Haiti we contacted folks that we have dealt with in the past in the Dominican Republic and Haiti. We were able to deliver some of the first shipments of durable medical equipment (wheelchairs, walkers, crutches and vital medical supplies) into the country via the backcountry, across the Dominican border, using resources provided by people that wanted to make a difference as quickly as they could.
CDC Disaster Preparedness Training
Learn Nickole’s Story- a Portland, OR women living with spinal muscular atrophy who was stuck in her home for eight days during the winter storm of 2008 and find training and resources Nickole’s story doesn’t happen to you or someone you know living with a disability.
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Special Populations: Emergency and Disaster Preparedness
Find information on how to prepare for Disasters and Emergencies whether you are a person with a disability, a senior citizen, have a chronic medical condition and more.